Amphorae were pottery vessels created to hold and transport goods in the Greek and Roman world; some were even highly decorative and given as prizes, or used to hold the ashes of the dead. Join me as I delve into the vessels of history...
Well, I either had you stumped or, more likely, I just didn't give you enough time to answer last week's trivia question:- Samuel Pepys is famous as a 17th-century diarist, in particular for writing about what two major misfortunes in British history?
The answers were The Great Fire of London, and what is commonly called The Great Plague Outbreak. Though the diary was only kept from 1660-1669 it provides a fascinating and detailed account of life during those difficult times, and was only published in the 19th century. It makes one wonder what other valuable writing have yet to be discovered.
This week I ask:- This first aniline dye color was named in 1856 and is more esoterically known as "mallow".
“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will
not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the
virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you
should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be
gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories
of your loved ones.” - Marcus Aurelius
For any of you who may find this interesting, an internship opportunity was brought to my attention recently:-
Volunteer Intern Museum Textile Services, Andover, MA Museum
Textile Services, a private textile conservation studio located in
Andover, Massachusetts, is seeking applicants for two types of volunteer
internships. Up to three Conservation Internships are available for
beginner to intermediate applicants. They provide a sound introduction
to art conservation philosophy, literature, and treatments and require
excellent eyesight, sewing skills, and museum sensibilities. Current
conservation projects include European tapestry, Asian art, and
19th-century costume. One collections management internship is also
available for a volunteer seeking hands-on cataloguing and rehousing
experience. This intern would be working primarily with the MTS study
collection but would also assume collections management responsibilities
for our active projects with opportunities for off-sit…
Last week's question was a visual clue, and I asked:- What famous artisan is honored by today's Google Doodle, seen above?
Banker Chick correctly identified Faberge as the artisan in question, and the eggs are indeed famous for being the traditional (and costly) gifts made for the Czar of Russia who traditionally gave them to members of his family. Anyone admitted to the pleasure of seeing them in person knows how truly stunning they are.
This week's question is:- Samuel Pepys is famous as a 17th-century diarist, in particular for writing about what two major misfortunes in British history?